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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 31 Recap & tips

And then the soccer gods said “D.C. United, meet your savior: Wayne Rooney.”

MLS: Montreal Impact at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

He just does what he wants and he may (almost) singlehandedly bring D.C. into playoff contention. Not to mention he brings in a (insert hyperbole) of fantasy points each week. See below, for example:

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • D.C. United turned out to be the best-represented squad in the Dream Team this week, courtesy of Wayne Rooney (16 points), Luciano Acosta (21 points), and Paul Arriola (14 points). United made the visiting Montreal Impact look totally lost as they put five goals past the Impact.
  • In the Western Conference, Nico Lodeiro led the Seattle Sounders to a 4-0 thrashing of the Colorado Rapids. Lodeiro was everywhere with a goal and two assists to his name, which was good for 46 points if you captained him. His teammate Victor Rodriguez chipped in with a goal and assist of his own for 15 points.
  • Another high profile name you might've heard of, LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had two goals and earned a penalty (15 points) as the Galaxy took down the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0. Ibra easily could've put away more on a different night as he came close on several occasions.

Top Teams This Week!

  • Continued dominance from BL4CKnRED at the top but the lead has shrunk to just about 30 points to keep things interesting.
  • A few teams jostle for position but the top ten remains unchanged aside from the addition of Oliphant into tenth.
  • Top score of the round goes to Oldergoaler who posted 155 points!

Recapping tips from week 31:

  • Starting off with Maxi Moralez proved to work as expected as the maestro of NYCFC had two assists against the Chicago Fire, which was good for 12 points. He unfortunately didn't feature in the Sky Blues’ second game of the week against Minnesota though and missed out on more points.
  • Moralez’s NYCFC teammates Alex Ring and Jo Inge Berget had 11 and four points respectively as Ring chipped in a goal this week and Berget chipped in with his usual hustle which doesn't always translate to fantasy points.
  • So I was wrong on who the hero would be for the Chicago Fire, it didn't turn out to be Aleksandar Katai, who had just five points in a short appearance capped off with a nice goal. The hero was 19 year old Djordje Mihailovic who scored an absolute stunner:
  • LAFC looked rattled against Chicago and the duo of defenders we went with in Walker Zimmerman and Steven Beitashour posted just five and three points respectively. Beita was whistled for a very soft penalty which helped put the game out of reach.
  • I guess he can't score every week. Josef Martinez only returned a measly two points as the Supporter Shield leaders dropped 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls, who are proving to be the bogey team for Atlanta United. Fun fact that both NY Red Bulls and our own TFC are the only teams to never lose to Atlanta.
  • The only 100% solid call of week 31 was the clean sheet for Seattle over Colorado. We reaped rewards with the backline of Chad Marshall and Kim Kee-Hee who had nine and eight points respectively.

Tips for Week 32:

  • Week 32 shows just NYCFC on the bye and no doubleheaders! Even playing field for all should make for an interesting week.
  • I normally start with the doubleheaders but without that I’m looking at the form guide which shows Colorado are on a six game skid with just one goal scored in that stretch. They host LAFC who are in decent form aside from the recent slip up against Chicago. With that I’m willing to bet it all on another clean sheet against the Rapids. Cue the LAFC back line of Walker Zimmerman ($7.5M), Steve Beitashour ($8.1M) and keeper Tyler Miller ($8.7M).
  • San Jose look like the other team in a rough patch, granted their whole campaign this year has been rough. They’re on a five game losing streak and host the Supporter Shield-chasing NY Red Bulls. Bradley Wright-Philips ($10.4M) is done serving his yellow card suspension and should be fresh for this week. Fellow Red Bulls Daniel Royer ($8.9M) and Tyler Adams ($8.0M) also look to be in good form.
  • If my eyes didn't deceive me I think the 2017 TFC squad came back out for a minute? Let’s roll with it. TFC take on Vancouver who are winless in three. For decent value i’m going with Victor Vazquez ($8.9M) and Lucas Janson ($8.4M). While the real leaders might be Osorio and Giovinco, my budget doesn't allow them in the team.
  • Last stop until my budget runs dry is D.C. as United host the Chicago Fire. D.C. still look like a team reborn under Rooney. Rooney is worth $12.3M but the better value is found in Paul Arriola at $8.0M and Bill Hamid at $8.1M.

Best of luck this week, looking forward to seeing which way the playoff hype train goes!